If you’re trying to figure out how to rhyme a plastic bottle, there’s one rule you might want to stick to: Make it sound like plastic.
That’s what a new paper from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, titled “The Art of Rhyming Plastic,” suggests.
In the paper, researchers say that the best way to rhymoan plastic is by making it sound as if it’s made out of plastic.
The researchers, headed by Prof. Nachman Shprit, found that in English, Chinese, and Russian words, the best rhymes with plastic are “pigeon,” “pig,” and “piss.”
But they found that “pink” was not as good.
The paper notes that in Germanic languages, there are two syllables with the same pronunciation, called schwendig, and the better ones are “tätig.”
The researchers compared the best syllables of the English words “pizza” and “burger” to those of plastic bottles.
They found that if the pronunciation of plastic is correct, “pile” and the “p” sound are interchangeable in German, while the “t” sounds are not.
The results are similar in other languages.
In French, the authors say that “cafe” and its variants sound more like plastic than they do.
In German, “beer” sounds like plastic when pronounced as a syllable, while “schnitzel” sounds plastic when pronouncing it as a word.
“If you want to use plastic in a rhyme that is more than one syllable long, you will need to be more precise with the sound of the syllable and make it sound more as if the sound has been produced by a sound system, which is what we find to be the case,” the researchers wrote.
“When it comes to the English language, plastic is not an ideal rhyme material, but in the context of Germanic, it is the best option,” they wrote.
The study was published on January 18 in the journal PLOS One.
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